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15 Artists Collaborate To Make London Children’s Hospital Cozier For Kids

Hospitals are places which no one wants to visit. However, children are the most scared to visit hospitals. This was recently changed by Vital Arts, an organization in Britain that has brought in art to the hospitals of Britain. It is a collaboration of 15 artists who have extensively worked to transform the interiors and ambience of the London Royal Children’s Hospital. It now welcomes kids by its colorful and interesting theme.

Although there were several restrictions imposed regarding cleanliness issues in the hospitals, these artists worked carefully using wood, vinyl, rugs and ceramics to give life to the hospital and make it look more interesting.

Due to this, children no longer hesitate or feel uncomfortable before visiting the London Royal Children’s Hospital. Scroll down to see the different paintings made by artists. vitalarts.com (h/t: demilked, lostateminor)

Trauma and gastroenterology (Wing 7D) by Morag Myerscough

mural design london children hospital

“The piece has a huge amount of references that had been embedded in my memory for many years and came out all together at one time. So there are elements of circus, organic, art deco, Asian culture, Victorian architecture and the list goes on so a real mash-up that came out of my head onto paper and then onto the walls”

mural design london children hospital

mural design london children hospital

mural design london children hospital

“The whole aim of the piece was to make a ward that would help to bring some joy to the young patients and parents with colour and some fun that would be warm and welcoming”

Haematology (Ward 7F) by Donna Wilson

mural design london children hospital

“One of the most important things for me was to make the hospital not feel like a hospital. I wanted the patients, parents and nurses all to feel relaxed, happy and stimulated by the environment that surrounds them and by using design you can lift the mood and well-being of the people there”

mural design london children hospital

mural design london children hospital

“I’ve enjoyed seeing and hearing the reactions of not just the children but the parents too who are so pleased that the ward feels happier, colourful and less sterile and intimidating. This makes it so worthwhile and hugely rewarding for me as a designer”

Paediatric Assessment and Short Stay Unit (Ward 7C (B)) by Chris Haughton

mural design london children hospital

“Rather than numbering each room Haughton decided to give each room a different animal character; a lion room, a parrot room and a fish room etc”

mural design london children hospital

mural design london children hospital

mural design london children hospital

“In the corridors, vinyl is used to create a gathering of life-sized animals including a dinosaur peering down from the ceiling, all looked after by a monkey dressed as a doctor”

Respiratory (Ward 7E) by Miller Goodman, 2014

mural design london children hospital

“Wood is a traditional warm medium that soulfully ages softening with play. It is traditional and always evokes childhood memories of play. We hope that the mix of bright vinyl colours and wooden characters encourages and entertains the child as well as wishes them a speedy recovery”

mural design london children hospital

mural design london children hospital

mural design london children hospital

Elevator Lobbies by Katharine Morling

mural design london children hospital

“Featuring performing rhinos, butterflies and train tracks made from rulers, Collective Memories of the London presents a dream-like version of the everyday world”

mural design london children hospital

“Ceramicist Katharine Morling spent six-weeks on children’s wards working with patients to create sketchbooks recalling favourite memories and treasured toys. Morling then used these sketchbooks to develop porcelain sculptures for her commission for the new children’s hospital”

Throughout All Wards by Doran

mural design london children hospital

“A seminal moment for me was when a three-year-old girl stopped crying the moment she saw the curtains, pointing excitedly to the hidden cats and rabbits. That’s when I knew my design had worked”

Paediatric Critical Care (Ward 6c) by Tord Boontje

mural design london children hospital

mural design london children hospital

“Alluding to renewal and growth, the work contains animals and elements in energising colours for children to find and discover. The larger drawings are very finely detailed and invite you to discover new elements day after day”

mural design london children hospital

Activity Space (7th Floor) by  Cottrell and Vermeulen and Morag Myerscough

mural design london children hospital

“We wanted to create a place that was an escape for the young patients, an engaging place that was fun, playful & colourful, but at the same time gave the opportunity for the whole family to relax together”

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